Hazardous Waste Collection Day set for Sept. 26 in Greenfield, Orange

  • The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District plans to hold its annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day this month at Greenfield Community College’s main campus, pictured, and at the Orange Transfer Station. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

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Published: 9/10/2020 2:12:45 PM
Modified: 9/10/2020 2:12:33 PM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District plans to hold its annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day this month at Greenfield Community College’s main campus and at the Orange Transfer Station.

The annual collection day offers residents an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous items that should not be included in the trash, including leftover oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and household cleaners, according to a waste management district press release.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, and interested residents should register by Sept. 18. Any participants who registered last month between Aug. 11 and Aug. 17 were deleted due to a technical error, and as a result must be resubmitted, according to the release.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, participants will be required to wear masks, remain in their vehicles, and place all waste in their trunk, rear cargo area or truck bed. The press release states participants will be assigned an appointment time, and instructions will be sent by mail after their registration has been processed.

This year, batteries, thermometers and thermostats will not be collected, according to the release, nor will fluorescent bulbs — all of which are accepted at most transfer stations in Franklin County.

The collection is free, but space is limited, for residents in the participating towns of Athol, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Warwick, Wendell and Whately. Residents from Sunderland and Barre, as well as businesses in any of the participating towns, are required to pay to participate.

Greenfield and Leyden residents are not eligible, and should call the Greenfield Department of Public Works at 413-772-1528 for information on disposal, according to the release.

Mail-in registration forms are available at participating town transfer stations for as long as supplies last. Residents can also register, and view a complete list of acceptable items, at franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html.

For more information, contact the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at info@franklincountywastedistrict.org or 413-772-2438.




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